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|Sony Studio Monitor Series Headphones- MDRV600/ Designed and Engineered For High End Audio Applications/ Circum-Aural Earcup Design/ Powerful Neodymium Magnets/ 40mm Driver Unit/ Reversible Earcups/ Carrying Case Designed and Engineered for High End Audio Applications.|
|Earpiece Design||Ear-Cup (Over the Ear)|
|Frequency Response||5 Hz - 30 kHz|
|Features||Closed Back, Foldable|
|Noise Canceling||Without Noise Cancellation|
|Noise Isolating||Without Noise Isolating|
|Cable Length||9.8 ft|
|Driver Unit Size||40 mm|
|Plug Type||6.3 mm, 6.35 mm|
Average review score based on 14 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
I bought my first MDR-V600 in (?)1995 when Consumer Reports rated the unit at the top. The price was then $100. Now it appears to have tripled to $300, but the 600 is still available. I agree with other reviews: top sound. In fact I've been spoiled. Another feature is the length and thickness of the cord. I am seeking another, a third unit, on ebay. Number two has a cracked, broken off head piece, frazzled ear pieces, and a worn cord. Though most of the wire covering is gone, the head phones continue to work gloriously, but one can expect only so much endurance from bare wire! The left ear phone now cuts into my temple, but the sound remains glorious.
I have been a radio DJ for over 25 years. The broadcast studio is a rough place for headphones. They get knocked off the counter, thrown against the walls, "borrowed" by other employees. Headphones generally have a very short life in a radio station. After going through several other pairs of headphones, I got these. I used the first pair daily for over 10 years before they went missing. The second pair gave me the same results. I also ended up with a third pair. I stopped using them when the ear pads got all nasty from the vinyl coverings dry-rotting. Last year, I found some aftermarket replacement pads on ebay for only a few dollars. They are like new again and still work like new even though they have been heavily abused. Sound quality is incredible with crisp highs and smooth ultra low bass. I have had the opportunity to use headphones that cost well over $1,000.00, but I would rather have my good 'ol Sony MDR-V600s hands down!
I have been in the recording industry for over 25 years. I still have and use a set of these headphones bought around 23 years ago! I now have 8 pairs.
I use them, exclusively for the artists who come into my recording studio and use them as my "C" speakers for final mastering "tweaks."
In my opinion, these headphones are matched by no other headphone for comfort, clarity and responsiveness. Yes, there are more expensive sets out there...don't think that spending more will necessarily get you more!
Key aspects that I feel make them excellent:
1) Clarity of highs. Not piercing and provide smooth imaging.
2) Solid but not artificially-enhanced bass response. These headphones replicate the bass response I, as an engineer/producer, intended.
3) Comfort. These fit like a glove to the ear. Yes, they are a bit bulky on the head (not heavy-just bulky) but the ears are most important. I can comfortably use these for hours.
4) Repair parts are out there. The only item that wears is the ear foam. Replacements are easily found on eBay. That's why I've had the first pair for 23 years! You cannot tell they're older than the new ones (on looks).
5) Fast yet stable break-in time. These break-in within about 150 hours of use. Once that time is reached, they remain stable in clarity and response.
6) HUGE: 1/8" to 1/4" adapter SCREWS on! That means, it STAYS on when moving around. Other adapters will easily pull out, screwing up a good take in the studio!
These headphones are great. The sound quality is phenomenal. The large foam completely covers your ear blocking outside noise. One or both ears can be turned out so you can hear outside noise if you want. the long cord is beneficial and the gold plated connectors ensure a good quality sound.
My only complaint is the curly cue cable. I can never keep the coils tight and the cables end up looking ratty. A small complaint.
I like the "best" stuff without paying "highest" prices. These headphones were recommended to my by a true Audiophile! I agreed with his assessment. They are technically correct sound. A good studio headphone. However they are not as "warm" a sound as I would like. Still the best headphones I have ever owned.